Aasu, American Samoa

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Aasu is located in American Samoa
Coordinates: 14°17′51″S 170°45′30″W / 14.29750°S 170.75833°W / -14.29750; -170.75833Coordinates: 14°17′51″S 170°45′30″W / 14.29750°S 170.75833°W / -14.29750; -170.75833
Country  United States
Territory  American Samoa
 • Total 2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)
Population (2012)
 • Total 353
 • Density 130/sq mi (51/km2)

Aasu is a village on the north coast of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is located to the west of Fagasa and northwest of Pago Pago. It is one of multiple villages involved in an archaeological survey of the island.[1]


In 1722, Samoa had its first contact with Europeans, a Dutchman named Jacob Roggeveen. Others came later, such as, in 1768, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville and Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse in 1787. An incident occurred, in which 12 members of Perouse's crew died at Massacre Bay in Aasu. In response to this, a monument was erected by the French government in 1883 to commemorate the event; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2][3]

Laperouse expedition memorial, c. 1920

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